As previously announced, we plan to make regular, frequent releases of Ardour now that the 3.x series has finally been released. About month after 3.0, 3.1 is ready with the usual cocktail of new features, workflow improvements and bug fixes. The full set of changes can be seen here.
As usual, you can fetch the update from the download page at http://ardour.org/download Please remember that you can install multiple versions of Ardour from ardour.org, so you can keep any existing versions around if you wish to (you are asked about this during the installation process).
The Ardour team is happy to announce the release of Ardour 3.0 for Linux systems (OS X releases will follow in a few weeks).
This is the first release of Ardour that features support for MIDI recording, playback and editing. It also features a huge number of changes to audio workflow, which for many users may be more significant than the MIDI support. For an overview of the changes, please read the What's New page.
The recent release of Ardour 2.8.16 for OS X Intel was incorrectly packaged, which led to it missing the ability to save/restore AudioUnit plugin settings (i.e. just like the cost-free version).
If you paid for a copy of this, please send me (email@example.com) your invoice ID and I will send you (quick) instructions on how you can get a new (correct) copy. The version now available via ardour.org has been updated.
My sincere apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced by this mistake.
Hot on the heels of 2.8.15 comes a minor upgrade to 2.8.16. This release is of significance to only 2 groups of people:
- People who use a FFADO-supported audio interface on Linux and like to start JACK from within Ardour (this has been fixed to use the correct "firewire" driver name)
- Packagers for Linux distributions (this release will now build using SYSLIBS=1 on most current Linux distributions, unlike 2.8.15 which was almost impossible to build under any circumstances)
From out the depths it came ... a maintainance release of Ardour 2.8, number 15 in the series. Not many changes in this release:
Its been two months and more than 600 source code changes since beta4. I had announced no more betas for Ardour 3, but we've accumulated a prodigious set of changes, fixes, new functionality that it seems silly to try to hold back. Without further ado, here is Ardour 3 beta 5, absolute the last beta release:
(the files have been removed because beta5 is now too old to be useful for testing. beta3 will be out shortly. - paul, march 1st 2013)
Coming rapidly after our last release, Ardour 2.8.14 includes just a couple of fixes:
- packaging changes that make various plugin GUIs work correctly (notably the DISTRHO LV2 ports of TAL plugins)
- Generic MIDI bindings to non-toggle controls using note on/off messages now work in a sane way. Previously, Ardour did something quite odd in this scenario. This enables several generic MIDI controllers to be used much more easily to control the transport state, and several other things too.
- Bindings to the transport control buttons for return-to-start, goto-end and play-selection now work correctly.
Although most development work on Ardour is focused on Ardour 3.0 these days, there are still ongoing maintainance changes (many driven by the continuing development of Harrison's Mixbus). Enough of these changes, fixes, improvements have accumulated that it seems appropriate to get a new Ardour 2.X release out, and so without further ado, Ardour 2.8.13 is now available to download.
Source Tarball Update July 2nd 2012, 20:00 UTC
Something was wrong with the source tarball available on ardour.org/download. It has been updated. The new file size is 2169762 bytes and the MD5 hash is cf1ddcb5f46847abca6ee0cb5bd4bd5b. Apologies for any confusion and problems that this caused.
Read the full list of changes below....
Ardour 3 beta 4 arrived after more than 3 months of development activity, and more than 1000 commits to the source code repository. Beta 4a followed rapidly after a deadlock was discovered when pasting regions, and incidentally gained support for MIDI region export along the way.
- Linux 32 bit http://ardour.org/files//Ardour_32bit-3.0beta4a_12406.tar
- Linux 64 bit http://ardour.org/files//Ardour_64bit-3.0beta4a_12406.tar
- OS X Intel (Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion) http://ardour.org/files/Ardour-3.0-12406.dmg
This is the last beta release before 3.0 is actually released. As of this release, 3.0 is now in "feature freeze". There are many bugs to fix and UI details to fix/improve, but there will be no new functionality added before the release. We know that there are many things about 3.0 that need to be improved, and they will be, but the big push is now to get to a release that we can stand behind and get more users switched over to, thus allowing us to move to post-3.0 development.
As usual, there are a gaggle of new features, as detailed below.
- Linux, 64 bit self-contained bundle for any recent Linux version
- Linux, 32 bit self-contained bundle for any recent Linux version
- OS X Intel
Please read more below for the details on new features, GUI improvements, bug fixes and contributors.